Albuquerque Isotopes is an Albuquerque, New Mexico Minor League Baseball team. The Isotopes mascot is an orange, yellow, red, Orbit alien. Home games are played at Isotopes Fields. Albuquerque was represented in the PCL as a Dodger’s affiliate by the Albuquerque Dukes and had won many PCL championships in the 1970s and 1980s. Later, in 2001, it was relocated to Portland as Portland Beavers.
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As Albuquerque was left with no baseball team when the prior team had moved to Portland and efforts were being made to get them back for the 2003 season. The businessmen named Ken Young and entrepreneur Mike Koldyke entered into an agreement with the current owners of the Calgary Cannons to bring the team back. The franchise was to be bought by them with the condition that a new stadium is either built or the old Albuquerque Sports Stadium is renovated. A sanction was passed for the renovation and two men Ken Young and Mike Koldyke brought the Calgary Cannons.
Where in ABQ, NM did they come up with the name?
Prior to the season of 2003 the team moved and renamed itself from Cannons to Isotopes. The Albuquerque Sports Stadium also renamed itself as Isotopes Park or Isotopes Field.
The name Isotope was derived from the long running television serial The Simpsons based on the similar situation of a baseball league. Out of 120000 votes, 67% voted for the name Isotopes. However, the team President Ken Young claimed that the name is owed to Albuquerque as New Mexico, has any acclaimed military and scientific facilities related to nuclear technology. In 2002 as the name was announced and merchandise was sold, it took the market by storm.
Success stories made fans smile in our community
And the rest they call is, as a history is that there was no looking back from that time as the team witnessed immense success in the following baseball season. The opening day both for the Isotopes Park and the Isotopes was remarkable as 12000 odd had gathered to witness the match that the Isotopes won. The Isotope’s opening season was viewed by 575000 fans, and the season was a tremendous success as the team won 2003Central Division Title and additionally it also entered the 2003 Pacific Coast League Playoffs. In addition, all fans that went to the opening night game got free admission to the Albuquerque Museum.
2008 was a year to remember as the Isotope team set a new parameter of being attended by over 590000 fans. Also the year 2009 was remarkable as the Manny Ramirez had arrived on board after facing the suspension of playing three matches with Isotopes before returning to the major league. The Albuquerque team ran a vigorous campaign to announce this outfielder’s arrival and this led to an overwhelming response from the fans. The opening match of the outfielder was witnessed by 15000 fans. However, a lot of criticism was also directed towards the team for this decision.
The team has outstanding players with many prestigious awards to its name. In case you are planning a trip Albuquerque, try to plan in such a way that you can see them playing. You will cherish their game.